Montana Outdoors

January 30, 2009

The icicles in Buffalo Bill Canyon (3)

Filed under: Cabinet Mountains, Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures, Winter — montucky @ 8:10 pm

This afternoon the sun came out for its weekly visit and I headed for the hills (or canyons as it turned out). How the icicles have changed! Here are a few of 20 photos that I brought back. (Yes, I know, but I’ll quit this when Spring comes.)

Icicles or ice falls

My wife’s favorite:

Icicles or ice falls

These icicles back in a side ravine out of the sun showed up with a blue cast.

Icicles or ice falls

Icicles or ice falls

Icicles or ice falls

A six mile hike in the sun and the snow and a few photos of winter decorations; not a bad afternoon at that!


  1. Glad to be back up and running again Terry, hopefully I will be able to get a few shots like these in the next couple of days, considering all the ice we have here

    Wonderful images !!


    Comment by Bernie Kasper — January 30, 2009 @ 9:40 pm

  2. You bet, Bernie! A few good shots and at least something good can be made of it!


    Comment by montucky — January 30, 2009 @ 9:48 pm

  3. So refresh my memory: are these just from runoff? Melting snow that refreezes? Or is there a creek/spring running through the area?


    Comment by wolf — January 30, 2009 @ 10:06 pm

  4. I can’t be really sure Wolf, but I think they come from small seeps or tiny springs that run at very low volume all year long. If it were from snow melt there would be many more places where they could be seen. The survivalist in me tells me to remember where these are, because at other times of year if I really needed water I could likely find some there. Also, small seeps are favorite hangouts for grouse.


    Comment by montucky — January 30, 2009 @ 11:32 pm

  5. They do seem to be more thick and richly colored now than when you last took photographs. What I like best is how the sunshine actually makes the scenery look warm! Everything is so beautiful.


    Comment by Tabbie — January 31, 2009 @ 1:38 am

  6. There are no ice climbers on those ice walls?


    Comment by Cedar — January 31, 2009 @ 6:13 am

  7. Tabbie,

    They have changed quite a bit, with the varieties in temperature and different light conditions. I actually was above freezing when these were taken, too.


    Comment by montucky — January 31, 2009 @ 9:23 am

  8. No, Cedar. These are much too small and fragile for that and besides, hardly anyone knows they are there. There is one in the area that might be substantial enough to climb though.


    Comment by montucky — January 31, 2009 @ 9:25 am

  9. I love these shots… I was considering stopping myself the other day I’m amazed how colorful the ice really is! (When I step in close I see blues as deep as a clear sky and as light as the coloring in a newborn babies eyes.. it’s amazing….) So far when I try I just get frustrated trying to capture it. You did a great job here. (and sidenote; I agree with your wife the composition in that shot is awesome!)


    Comment by aullori — January 31, 2009 @ 6:45 pm

  10. Thanks, Lori1

    Ice is usually difficult to photograph and I think I can do better than these when I get more of the camera figured out. Part of the difficulty here is that these are high on the cliffs so it’s impossible to get close to them and it’s also hard to get to where a clear shot is even possible. It’s a great challenge though and gives me a chance to learn.


    Comment by montucky — January 31, 2009 @ 7:46 pm

  11. The blues look like something from an old time children’s fairytale illustratiion..beautiful.


    Comment by SuzieQ — January 31, 2009 @ 10:02 pm

  12. They do at that, SuzieQ! To be honest, that was unexpected, but of course the lens usually sees more than I.


    Comment by montucky — January 31, 2009 @ 10:39 pm

  13. Thanks for the six mile hike. Sure enjoy seeing these icicles. Has been sometime since I’ve made such a trek.


    Comment by Preston Surface — February 1, 2009 @ 11:38 am

  14. oooo, I like them all! what a hike!!


    Comment by silken — February 1, 2009 @ 2:37 pm

  15. Preston,

    It’s a pretty area and I bet you would enjoy it. I’m well used to hiking and enjoy the benefits of it every day. I’ve got a few years left when I can get out into the back country, and I’m so thankful for that!


    Comment by montucky — February 1, 2009 @ 9:09 pm

  16. I love to see them too, Silken. A little later I’ll try to get some different angles on them, but that might not be possible. Fun to try though.


    Comment by montucky — February 1, 2009 @ 9:10 pm

  17. Oh.My.Goodness!! And we’ll (hopefully) get a chance to see that? Wow!! That’s *gorgeous*!!

    I can’t even think of what else to say. I’m completely amazed.


    Comment by gradschoolsara — February 2, 2009 @ 7:48 pm

  18. Yes, we can go there the next chance we get with an at least somewhat clear day. The cliffs are mostly in the shade so they should hold the ice a while longer, even with the warm days we’ve been having.


    Comment by montucky — February 2, 2009 @ 9:30 pm

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